As MIA readers may have noted, we recently opened a store on this site. You’ll find videos for sale there, as well as MIA merchandise. In the near future, we intend to begin selling ebooks as well.
We launched the store for two reasons. First, it fits the larger mission of this website. There are a number of filmmakers and writers who are producing very interesting work related to psychiatry (in all its aspects), and we hope that our store will help make their work known to a larger audience. At the same time, we hope that the store will introduce our readers to films and books that will be of particular interest to them.
PJ Moynihan is managing our store. Filmmakers and writers interested in having MIA sell their work should contact him at: [email protected]
The second reason for opening the store is a financial one. MIA continues to grow, and as part of that evolution, we must figure out ways to fund this project. Many of you have become regularly supporters of MIA, making a monthly contribution, and we are very grateful for such generous support. However, we are a long way from covering our overhead, and thus we are exploring new ways of creating revenue to keep MIA going. This store is one such way, and I hope that, as we increase the size of our video library and open the ebook section, it will prove useful to our readers, and, at the same time, help sustain us.
As we confront this challenge of funding MIA, we are exploring other possibilities as well. Shall we start running ads? Shall we adopt a subscription model, where readers—after reading five or so articles a month—are asked to subscribe, paying 99 cents a month? In the coming months, we may survey our readers to hear your thoughts.
In the meantime, please check out the store.